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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Pick your Brain at the MIT Museum


Looking for a mind-boggling experience on a rainy day? The MIT Museum is just the place to visit. Tucked away at 265 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, this nifty museum offers a closer look at the technological wonders of science and engineering. more
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To Boston’s children’s museum celebrating 100 years of the power of play


Boston Childrens Museum 3-story vertical cliimbing maze
When the kids lead the way, we’re guaranteed smiles rather than whines. And there’s no better place to let kids lead the way and to see the power of play in action than at the Boston Children’s Museum, which is celebrating its centennial this month on the South Boston Waterfront. more
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Kids and families participate and learn at the site of the Boston Tea Party


Aboard the Tea Party ship in Boston Harbor
It may be 90 degrees but we’re making believe it’s December—and we’ve time traveled back to 1773 –December 16, 1773 to be precise. We’re part of the night that literally changed the course of American history—The Boston Tea Party, of course. Welcome to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum more
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Celebrating “The Power of Play” for 100 years at the Boston Children’s Museum


Kids at play in the Childrens Museum of Boston
The kids at the huge waterfront museum were too busy having fun—from the toddlers in the PlaySpace wheeling mini grocery carts to the grade schoolers making their way up the soaring three story climbing structure. That's the point as the museum celebrates it's centennial. more
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Visiting kids should not leave the Bahamas without meeting the local kids


Abaco Beach Resort Bahamas Buddy Program
Wherever you go this summer, encourage your kids to chat up local kids, join a pick-up soccer game in a city park or play in a playground or on the beach. They’ll go home with an entirely different perspective. I met these Bahamian kids at the Abaco Beach Resort where they’ve signed on to be Bahamas Buddies more
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A special place in Orlando for families with sick children


Totally accessible playground at Give Kids the World
At Give Kids the World Village near the Orlando theme parks, visiting kids can have ice cream every day for breakfast if they choose. They can celebrate Halloween in June and Christmas in July, complete with presents. But these families belong to a club no parent wants to join. more
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Taking the Kids Exclusive: Tips from the First Lady for families on staying active on vacation


First Lady Michelle Obama runs at an activity station during a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London
First Lady Michelle Obama suggests letting the kids lead is one way to get everyone more active on vacation this summer. The first lady told Taking the Kids exclusively, “The key to getting kids moving is to find something they enjoy, and join in!” For the First Family, that includes biking. more
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The Kids Taking Themselves: Exploring chocolate, caves, and coral reefs in Belize


Mel in rural Belize
“I’m going to travel like this from now on!” Sarah exclaimed, while she was receiving exciting emails from MMC and Ya’axche about fun things to do during our trip. Not only do I feel like I truly took advantage of my last spring break in College, but I also made it educational…aren’t you proud Mom and Dad? more
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Include a museum stop on your family’s Spring Break


Wherever you are this winter or wherever you’re planning to go for spring break (check out our ideas for Spring Break 2013, take time to visit a museum exhibit that would especially interest your family. more
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Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond


The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC
This January, of course, also marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and I can’t think of a better time than this winter — February is Black History Month — to explore civil rights in Washington and beyond. more
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